Limehouse moorings refusal overturned
A decision by planning officer to refuse controversial plans to turn part of the free visitor mooring area in the Regent’s Canal’s Limehouse Basin in London into paid-for pontoon berths is set to be overturned.
The proposals by Canal & River Trust marinas subsidiary BWML had attracted criticism from waterways and boating groups including the Inland Waterways Association’s London Region on the grounds that it reduced valuable space for assembling convoys of inland craft heading onto the Thames Tideway and for a refuge for craft off the river in poor conditions. After the planning application was submitted earlier this year, there were sufficient objections that Tower Hamlets planning officer Hoa Vong recommended refusal on grounds that the plans were not supported.
However his decision was subsequently overturned when reviewed by managers, who instead recommended that the full meeting of the planning committee should approve the application. As we went to press no date had been set for this meeting.
Some of these moorings could be replaced by paid-for pontoons